After graduating from Millikin University in central Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business, Brittni Talley relocated to Nashville with one goal – to work in the music industry and support the creators who make the music we all need and love. Her career began with several years in traditional marketing and publicity where she developed valuable relationships with local and national media and assisting with campaign efforts for several artists and organizations including Hank Williams Jr., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Charlie Daniels, T.J. Martell Foundation, Jamey Johnson, Christmas 4 Kids, Country Thunder Music Festivals and more. Following her time in publicity, she continued on to work directly for Country Thunder Music Festivals, joining the team as Project Manager and then ultimately assumed the role of Creative Director, handling digital marketing and advertising, brand management, event logistics, sponsor and media relations and on-site management and production. For the past four years, Talley has worked with the Nashville Songwriters Association International and currently holds the position of Director of Events and Marketing. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. Annual events include the Nashville Songwriter Awards and Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.
What made you fall in love with music?
I can’t pinpoint how or why I fell in love with music, it has just always been a presence in my life from day one. Whether it was being the youngest rehearsal groupie of my Dad’s 80's rock band Destiny, playing piano/organ and singing alongside my Grandmother, or creating and performing music with friends throughout school, music has played such an important role in who I am today.
Best concert you have ever been to?
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see more shows than I can count so this is a hard one. Sara Bareilles and Kacey Musgraves at The Ryman, Florence and the Machine, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Beyonce, Civil Wars, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr. – I could go on and on!
What music are you listening to?
Today’s tunes so far have included Billie Eilish, Sean McConnell, John Mayer, Cody Johnson, Patrick Droney, Dermot Kennedy, Sara Bareilles, Keith Whitley, Lee Brice, Wrabel ... I suppose I listen to country music the most, but my playlist varies from day to day.
What drew you to NSAI?
Working alongside people that love and value music as much as I do, and working for and with the songwriters who create that music. Without the writers, life’s moments would be so different. Music helps us celebrate, get through the tough times, and it speaks when we can’t find the words. I just can’t imagine life without it. NSAI’s goal is to not only make songwriting as a career sustainable, but to help it return to a thriving career and I’m lucky to be able to contribute to that cause in any way possible.
Favorite Nashville Coffee Shop?
Now that my favorite is gone (JJ's Market in Midtown) Frothy Monkey in the Nations is my go-to spot.